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Software update on old iphone

2668 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 12, 2013 9:13 PM by mackerm RSS
Mhh73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 11, 2013 3:59 AM

Hi I have an old Iphone that I am using again (wifi only as no SIM). I would like to update the software as it is very slow but can't find this option in settings (unlike newer phones where I find it easily)

  • stedman1 Level 8 Level 8 (49,980 points)
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    Jul 11, 2013 4:02 AM (in response to Mhh73)

    The option to update without the computer (Over the air) was made available with iOS 5. If your iDevice is using a version of iOS lower than 5, you will need to use iTunes on your syncing computer to perform the upgrade. Use the Apple link below as a guide for the upgrade.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4972

     

    Also read the instructions from the section entitled "Update your device using iTunes" at the link below.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4623

     

    Information regarding transferring purchases from your iDevice to iTunes on your syncing computer can be found at the link below.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1848

  • Xissaxbellax Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Jul 11, 2013 4:02 AM (in response to Mhh73)

    The option to update directly from the iPhone is available in iOS 5 and later. If your iPhone is running iOS 4 or earlier, the only way to update it is to connect it into iTunes and click "update software" there.

     

    If you own and original iPhone or an iPhone 3G, you will not be able to update to iOS 6

  • Xissaxbellax Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Jul 11, 2013 4:21 AM (in response to Mhh73)

    Sounds like you're running an iPhone 3G, as iOS 4.2.1 is the highest iOS version that is compatible with it.

  • mackerm Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Jul 12, 2013 9:13 PM (in response to Mhh73)

    Mhh73 wrote:

     

    Thank you both. Itunes tells me the verion I have 4.2.1 is the right one and yet it seems incompatible with many of the apps I am interested in. Any ideas?

    There are actually a lot of apps and games which are compatible with your older device which runs iOS 4.2.1. You just need a tool to separate them from the incompatible apps.

     

    Here is my favorite solution:

    iOSSearch - search the iTunes store for compatible apps.

     

    And here are some things other people have suggested:

    Vintapps 3.1.3 - paid app.

    Apple Club - filter apps by iOS version.

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